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Cashman: Gleyber Torres to push for Opening Day roster spot

It might not be long before Gleyber Torres makes his first appearance in the Bronx.

During day two of General Manager meetings, Brian Cashman told reporters that he believes Torres could push for a starting role on the big league roster as early as Opening Day. The Yankees’ GM said that third base and second base are possibilities for the 20-year-old infielder.

It should come as no surprise that Torres is ready to compete for a Major League roster spot. Since being acquired in a trade from the Chicago Cubs during the 2016 season, Torres quickly rose through the Yankees’ farm system. He currently ranks as the top overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.

Torres was limited to just 55 games in 2017 due to Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. In split time between Double-A and Triple-A, he posted a slash line of .287/.383/.480 in 55 combined games.

According to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, Cashman told reporters that the Yankees’ coaching staff felt that Torres was big league ready prior to Opening Day of last season. However, the organization chose not to rush him to the Major Leagues to gave him a little more time to gain experience before making his much-anticipated debut.

If Torres is ready to contribute at the big league level, the Yankees will have to make some roster moves to accommodate his arrival. Depending on where Torres plays, the status of Starlin Castro and Chase Headley’s futures with the team remain in question.

As of now, Cashman told reporters that the third base position is Chase Headley’s to “defend.” The same could likely be said about Castro, who will look to retain his starting role with the Bronx Bombers.

It will be interesting to see what the Yankees are able to do this offseason. If they believe that Torres is ready for the Bronx, corresponding moves will definitely be made to ensure a roster spot for the rising young star.

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